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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, are briefed by Master Sgt. Brenton Dube, 931st Maintenance Squadron fuels systems repair craftsman, on the KC-46 Pegasus fuel system Feb. 3, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Van Ovost and Kruzelnick also had the opportunity to see the KC-46 boom and learn how the aircraft is able to pass fuel to other airframes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, shoots an M4 carbine at the new Combat Arms Training and Maintenance facility Feb. 2, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Van Ovost and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, were able to test out the new facility during their visit, allowing them to see the benefits of having a fully enclosed range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, is greeted by Chief Master Sgt. Melissa Royster, 22nd Air Refueling Wing command chief, after Van Ovost’s arrival Feb. 2, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Van Ovost visited with Airmen from across the Wing to highlight the importance of their job and the AMC mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks at an all-call at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Feb. 3, 2021. Van Ovost shared her four command priorities: develop the force, advance warfighting capabilities, project the joint force and ensure strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, speaks at an all-call at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Feb. 3, 2021. Kruzelnick encouraged Airmen to progress Air Force capabilities through the advancement of air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)c

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Chase Flemming and Matthew Higgs, League of Extraordinary Airmen president and vice president, present their organization to Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Feb. 3, 2021. The League of Extraordinary Airmen enlisted organization provides Airmen an opportunity to unite and increase motivation and mental health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas Snead, 22nd Innovation Lab chief, and Tech Sgt. Clayton Allen, 22nd Innovation Lab superintendent, describe their solar-powered radio box project to Air Mobility Command leaders at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Feb. 3, 2021. The Innovation Lab affords Airmen an area to troubleshoot work center problems and foster ideas for new inventions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, visited McConnell Air Force Base, Feb. 2-6, 2021.

While receiving mission briefs and touring a diverse selection of organizations, the two experienced McConnell’s impact to AMC’s mission.

“We met some outstanding Airmen,” said Van Ovost. “These Airmen are really owning their spheres of influence and have a bias towards action.”

AMC’s leaders were able to witness first-hand how McConnell Airmen innovatively accomplish its refueling mission.

“The Air Force and Air Mobility Command are in good hands,” said Kruzelnick. “We are positioned—I believe—to conquer those future adversaries in new and meaningful ways [by] thinking outside of the box of traditionally what we do in Air Mobility Command. I whole-heartedly believe that our Airmen know that, and they’re getting after that.”

Van Ovost shared that her goal is to ensure every mobility Airman is equipped with the essentials needed to complete the mission and meet AMC’s priorities to develop the force, advance warfighting capabilities, project the joint force and ensure strategic deterrence.

She continued to share how McConnell directly provides critical support to multiple joint warfighters by the continuous use of the KC-135 Stratotanker and by leading the integration of the KC-46A Pegasus.

“You are the lead [in] air refueling for Air Mobility Command, and you’re making great strides at it,” said Van Ovost.

On Jan. 25, 2019, the Kansas-based wing became the first Air Force installation to receive the new refueling platform, deeming McConnell the lead installation for future KC-46A operations.

“You are setting the standard for the next generation of rapid global mobility,” expressed Van Ovost. “It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the way we are going to use this new airplane. For all the 179 KC-46s that we get— this is the lead team that’s going to make those changes.”

Van Ovost and Kruzelnick left McConnell with some parting words of wisdom.

“Excellence comes out of a culture of inclusion,” said Van Ovost. “When you have a diverse group of people, all fighting to be the best Airman they can be, you get things like forging a future for the KC-46.”

“If [Team McConnell] remembers anything from our visit, I hope they remember how much that we care about them and how much we appreciate the work that they do and that it's not lost on us,” said Kruzelnick. “We have a deep appreciation and love for them—for the people that they are and for the Airmen they’re becoming.”